BC Camplight - How To Die In The North

Anglicised American Brian Christinzio, or BC Camplight, has released the first essential alt.pop album of 2015. Previously associated with War On Drugs, How To Die In The North is actually his third solo album and his first since making the north of the England his home. And that move to Manchester helped Christinzio reign in his addictions; escaping a lifestyle that was slowly destroying him has been crucial in making his first album in eight years.

And it’s some album; the nine tracks transmit a feeling of blissed out retro-ness and is driven by Christanzio’s wonderfully rich falsetto delivery. That falsetto and the dreamy melodies of ‘Love Isn’t Anybody’s Fault’ give a hint of The Beach Boys, though the semi-techno Pixies feel to ‘Grim Cinema’ and the pure melodic charm of ‘Thieves In Antigua’ showcase the fascinating mix of influences that contribute to this unexpectedly delightful collection. It's refreshing to know that there's still space for something different in the broad church of pop music.

Overall

8

out of 10

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